Calendar: June 6-12

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Noon. Free. University of the Arts, Solmssen Court, 1499 Pine St. 609.760.3305.

Dave Hill’s Book Release Show
Comedian and This American Life contributor Dave Hill has written a book called Tasteful Nudes ... and Other Misguided Attempts at Personal Growth and Validation, and it’s crazy funny. The book attacks varied subjects like naked people, stolen meat, clergymen and irritable Canadians with the utmost panache. Spend the night with him while he tries to get you to buy it by performing jokes and stories and being a really swell guy. Local joke maiden Carolyn Busa and Bridgetown Comedy Festival participant Rohit Kohli will be his openers, getting the crowd nice and lubed up for Hill to do his thing. As if that wasn’t enough, Seth Herzog will be super-special guesting, Brooklyn’s Psychic Flowers will be playing and Philly’s own Pakistani cowboys, Sunny Ali & the Kid, will be crooning. -Abigail Bruley

8pm. $10. Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St.

Dar Williams
Dar Williams likes to make us wait. Typically three or four years will pass between her new releases, while she goes to nurse her careful lyrical muse at the proverbial mountain. Her latest is no exception, and with a very specific mountain—Olympus—in mind. In the Time of Gods forgoes small and personal metaphors in favor of the grandiose, setting songwritery themes amid ancient Greek mythology. Gods finds Williams a bit brasher than usual, amping up her sarcasm with angular jabs at traditional melody. But there’s still plenty familiar here: Even in a foreign lyrical world, Williams still lets her plaintive acoustic strumming and occasionally soaring soprano shine through. The gods must be pleased. -Jeffrey Barg

7pm. With Jonathan Doh. Bryn Mawr Gazebo, 9 S. Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr.

Sunday, June 10

Odunde Festival
Held the second Sunday of June for the past 37 years, this African-American street festival celebrating the coming of another year, continues to be one of the oldest and largest of its kind in the country. Each year, it attracts up to half a million people—more than any Eagles, Phillies, Flyers or Sixers game combined. As always, the event will begin with a procession to the Schuylkill River, where the goddess Osun will be presented with fruit, flowers and prayers. From there, the day of festivities will engulf a whopping 12 city blocks with two stages of nonstop live music and dance performances and more than 200 arts and crafts and food vendors. In the marketplace, attendees will find an eclectic mix of vendors selling items from various African nations as well as the Caribbean and Brazil. -N.F.

10am. Free. 2300 South St. 215.732.8510.
He’s lived a life we’ve all dreamed of as a music star with millions of dollars, women galore and legions of adoring followers. He’s also lived a life none of us would wish on our worst enemy, be it having to drink his mother’s perfume as a child to satisfy his hunger pains or wearing a pink prison uniform on a chain gang in Arizona. For a while, it seemed like DMX was lost in the sauce, but whether on top or bottom, two things never changed: He stayed true to himself, and we never stopped rooting for him. Welcome X back to hip-hop as he blesses the TLA stage this week. Be prepared for an explosion of energy and passion that only Dark Man X can deliver. Throw on the Timbs, dog tags and camouflage, come out and be moved. -Ryan K. Smith

7pm. $50-$85. Theater of the Living Arts, 334 South St. 215.922.1011.

Automatic Fault Isolation
Disparate and highly combustible elements are mixed together with explosive results in playwright John Rosenberg’s new drama Automatic Fault Isolation. Rosenberg’s story of self-discovery focuses on Bretaigne (Anna Flynn-Meketon), a young woman in 1965 Huntsville, Ala., who is attracted to two entirely different men. One is a white, middle-aged NASA flight engineer named Kevin and the other a radical black rock ’n’ roller named Sebastian. Ultimately a story of one woman’s search for identity, Bretaigne arranges a potentially violent encounter between the men in the hope that the incident will reveal whether her path in life is to be (in Rosenberg’s words) “a martyred daughter of the Confederacy or an explorer on the edge of a new frontier.” The first production this season from the small company Hella Fresh Theater, Fault is playing at the Papermill Theater, a 50-seat theater that occupies part of the five-story warehouse used by the Papermill Arts Collective, one of the many enterprising arts organizations that have made Kensington the city’s new cultural hot spot. -J.C.R.

2pm. $10. Papermill Art Collective, 2825 Ormes St.

The Cult, Against Me! + The Icarus Line
Pull three guitar bands from a hat and there won’t be a stranger lineup. The Cult are the early ’80’s Soundgarden, a mediocre hard-rock act capable of tasty lickage when not weighed down by pretention (singer Ian Astbury’s shamanistic Jim Morrison schtick) and ego. Ex-anarchists Against Me!’s jumped to the majors for two polished, safe political punk albums, before going back indie to work on Gabel’s forthcoming autobiographical gender dysphoria album, exploring his life as a woman in a man’s body (i.e. the polar opposite of safe). Finally, there’s the Icarus Line, better known for mean-spirited pranks (inspired perhaps by onetime guitarist/Buddyhead founder Aaron North) than their noisy post-punk music, which has regressed since North’s departure. -Chris Parker

8pm. $25. Electric Factory, 421 N. Seventh St. 215.627.1332.

Monday, June 11

Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Unknown Mortal Orchestra appeared out of nowhere two years ago, when founder Ruban Nielson set up a Bandcamp site with the funky, jangly, addictively sunny single, “Ffunny Ffriends”—and pretty much nothing else. A day after its posting, a nod from Pitchfork blew the song up, and soon, hits were spiking, labels were calling and Nielson was on the hook for more. Seizing the opportunity, he put a band together, wrote some songs and released a self-titled debut in 2011 that spliced giddy hip-hop beats to exuberant lysergic hooks. UMO has been on the road ever since, bringing the funk to indie-land and turning from web concept to party band in record time. -Jennifer Kelly

9pm. $12. Johnny Brendas, 1201 N. Frankford Ave. 215.739.9684.

Tuesday, June 12

Balam Acab
As Balam Acab, Alec Koone makes music that’s formless and meandering. In this instance, those words aren’t necessarily negatives. Koone maps out spooky, ambient songs that run on unintelligible childlike voices, the pleasant hum of flowing water, shuffling synths and thumping beats that add some much-needed structure. This is the kind of stuff that would come in handy during long nighttime drives and lazy spring afternoons spent gazing at plants and lakes. Once in a while, a Balam song focuses on one especially intriguing element, like the gorgeous violin line woven through “Expect”—off 2011’s
Wander/Wonder. Although Koone’s baby probably won’t make any serious waves soon, his work has appeared in a couple odd spots. “See Birds” soundtracked a L’Oréal ad featuring Beyoncé, and in the pages of Entertainment Weekly, actress Ellen Page raved that Balam’s music “Transports my mind to another place and makes me dance like a freak.” -R.A.

8pm. $20. With Mogwai. Union Transfer, 1024 Spring Garden St.

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